'Postscript' to hostage bloodbath a hoax


Posted at Aug 27 2010 07:53 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2010 12:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines - An alleged "postscript" to the Manila bus hostage tragedy, allegedly written by one of the survivors and circulating on the Internet since Tuesday, is a fake.

The account of alleged survivor "Bang Lu Min" first appeared in news websites and social networking sites last Tuesday, a day after the 12-hour hostage crisis that claimed the lives of 9 people including hostake-taker Rolando Mendoza.

However, a check on the list of the 25 passengers in Monday's hostage-taking incident does not show anyone by the name of Bang Lu Min.

"Bang Lu Min's" account of the events inside the hijacked bus also deviates from the tales of the other survivors. In the fake online report, Bang Lu Min said Mendoza became incensed after seeing his brother, SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza, being arrested by police. The hostage-taker then allegedly slit the throat of a female hostage and then shot the girl's boyfriend in the head.

The fake report said Mendoza blindly shot at the police rescuers and that it was policemen who killed some of the passengers. The fake report said Mendoza even apologized to all the hostages before running to the front of the bus where he was shot dead.

The account of the bus survivors, including driver Alberto Lubang, gave a completely different story.

A report on The Standard newspaper in Hong Kong said Mendoza handcuffed tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn at the front of the bus and then herded other hostages to the side of the bus where the police assault team was crouched outside.

The survivors said Mendoza first shot the tour guide at 7:25 p.m. and then walked toward the rear of the bus. "He shot left and right, aiming at our heads. He wanted to kill us," the report quoted survivor Joe Chan Kwok-chu as saying.

Chan said Mendoza shot his backpack, which was filled with water bottles. The bullets went through the pack and hit both his wrists.

The report said at least 5 hostages tried to disarm Mendoza but the hostage-taker was too quick and shot two to three of them. Two of the fatalities were Ken Leung Kam- wing, 58, and his 14-year-old daughter, Jessie Leung Song-yi.

Leung's brother, Jason Leung Song-xue, 19, was later found unconscious with a serious head injury.

A couple, Wong Tze-lam and Yeung Yee-Wa, was also killed, leaving behind their 15-year-old daughter, Tracey Wong Cheuk-yiu. An aunt, Yeung Yee-kam, was also killed.

Finally, a certain Fu Cheuk-yan, also died.

The Standard report said Mendoza allegedly asked for P1 million from authorities. Police, however, said the hostage-taker only wanted to be reinstated in the police force and all charges against him dropped.

Mendoza, a decorated police officer, was removed from the service after being linked to an extortion case.